As a part of my morning pages I always do a short gratitude list. I find it a good way to start the day. Today’s list was primarily about my career so I thought I would share it with my readers. Here’s the list.
1. I am doing exactly what I wanted to do and am getting paid for it. When I was in college I would share with my band mates that my ultimate goal was to be a hippie musician entertainment lawyer. Ok so I am not a hippie (never was really) and much less of a musician than I was then. But I am an entertainment lawyer which was my goal when I entered law school. My school had no courses in entertainment law or even copyright until I petitioned for it. I have been lucky – blessed is a better choice of words – to have achieved the goal, including beginning my career with one of the eminent entertainment attorneys in the U.S. – Joel Katz.
2. I am able to help others in my career. I have never been solely motivated by money although I do expect to be paid for my skills and experience. My soul would not be at peace unless my work was in someway helpful to others – and I believe that what I do is.
3. I can keep doing what I do as long as I have a clear head. Now that I am in my early 60s my law practice is not slowing down. In fact it is growing. I am grateful that I can keep doing this as long as I have sharp mental capacity.
4. Technology has enhanced my practice. While technology has closed doors to some, in my case it has enabled me to be more productive in my career. I not only can work faster I am able to offer my services at reasonable rates.
It is the nature of the holiday season that most in America give some thought to what they are grateful for. With that in mind, I have one parting thought. Gratitude should go forward. By that I mean, if I am grateful for someone or some thing I should show that in some way by sharing with others.